Article Title:Gay NZ short selected for Montreal
Category:New Zealand Daily News
Author or News Staff
Published on:27th June 2004 - 12:00 pm
Story ID:2398
Text:A gay-themed NZ short film has been selected for screening at the prestigious Montreal International Film Festival, surprising and delighting its first-time writer. Welby Ings is an associate professor at the Auckland University of Technology. The film, Boy, tells the story of 14-year-old Sam living in small-town New Zealand. Ings, an award-winning playwright, designer and illustrator, believes the film's appeal is in its unusual treatment of the subject matter – the characters don't speak. He says young heterosexual men's emerging sexuality was commonly explored in film and television, but their gay equivalent was generally avoided or portrayed as neutral, or as the victim of paedophilia.    
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